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  • 05/09/2021 7:24 AM | Megan Avery (Administrator)

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  • 05/09/2021 7:17 AM | Megan Avery (Administrator)

    The Colorado chapter invited ASDP VP of Education Lalon Alexander, Ph.D., to its April meeting.  Lalon is VP of Education in addition to her duties as a University fashion professor and president-elect for the Costume Society of America.  Lalon talked about various forms of ASDP education, including Eye of the Needle, national conference, University of Fashion, and new programs being considered.

    Eye of the Needle is the name for new videos available to ASDP members on the national website under Resources.  This program started in January of this year (2021) and is funded by ASDP’s Charitable Foundation.  Videos by ASDP members lasting 15 minutes to over an hour include hints, techniques, and ideas for creativity.

    Lalon informed us that details about this year’s national conference will be available May 15, 2021, in the form of an online and e-blasted brochure.  Participants can attend one to several days and can attend Master Classes and/or core conference classes.  Master Classes this year include Bonnie Carmicino’s beginning couture techniques, Barbie McCormick’s men’s alterations, and Claire Shaeffer’s couture tailoring (based on her new book).  Claire will also offer a shorter version of her master class: Tailoring in a Thimble.  [More class titles can be found at Association of Sewing and Design Professionals - Conference Deposit (sewingprofessionals.com).]

    Fifty-seven ASDP members have preregistered for this year’s conference and they can register for classes starting July 1.  Members not preregistered can register for classes starting July 15 and non-members can register starting August 1.   Ideas for classes next year are now being solicited on the web site.  That conference will be held in mid-October 2022 in Baltimore.

    Lalon is looking at training for the MAS and MSDP certification programs, an apprenticeship program, and education for brick-and-mortar businesses.  Details about these programs are still being determined; members who already offer appropriate training are being identified and hopefully educational discounts can be offered to ASDP members.  In parallel to this, Lalon is looking at updating the ASDP Standards and Quality document and adding to the Pattern and Illustration Standards.

    When asked about University of Fashion, Lalon noted that ASDP members get about a 90% discount.  However, many members do not take full advantage of this program; only 35 of 65 paid UofF memberships activated their accounts last year.  Anyone who loses their activation code should contact Lalon.

    Lalon also asked for ideas for future education.  Ideas included upcycling garments, software for digitizing patterns, and copyrighting patterns.  Also desired were sources for US-made fabrics, sustainable fabrics, “dead stock”, and how to transfer stash fabrics among members.

    Anyone with additional ideas for ASDP education can contact Lalon at education@sewingprofessionals.org    .



  • 02/10/2021 7:09 AM | Megan Avery (Administrator)

    Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton MA Seeks Textile-Based Craft Submissions for Upcoming Exhibition, Peacework 2020: Racial Justice Through Protest and Handwork

    Peacework 2020: Racial Justice Through Protest and Handwork will focus on textile-based craft objects created during the year’s social and racial justice movement.

    BROCKTON, Mass. (February 1, 2021) – In July 2020, the New York Times reported “Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Protest Movement in U.S. History,” seven weeks after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020. Ongoing protests for racial justice continued throughout the subsequent months in American communities, rocking a nation already reeling from the effects of a global pandemic. The marches and rallies spanned from urban neighborhoods to rural streets, as the contrasting chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” widened a civic divide in the throes of an already deeply divisive U.S. Presidential election cycle.

    Art and creativity always prevail during such a tumultuous time.

    Fuller Craft Museum is producing the upcoming exhibition,

    Peacework 2020: Racial Justice Through Protest and Handwork, which will feature textile-based and craft work created during the social unrest of 2020. Artwork submissions deadline is March 1, 2021.

    Below are the eligibility requirements:
    Eligibility: Open to all artists, crafters, and makers throughout the U.S., of all experience levels, and of all demographic backgrounds. Open to all people working in the traditional fiber arts, including those working with yarn, embroidery, cross-stitch, quilting, felting, rug hooking, paper, basketry, and other fiber media. Hobbyists are encouraged to submit their work. Crafters of color, Black crafters, and those from self-identified marginalized backgrounds and communities are especially encouraged to submit their work.

    Selected works will fall under the Peacework 2020 theme explicitly (as expressed by the piece itself) or abstractly, through the artist’s statement, and may – through the applied technique and visual expression – connect with the following questions:

    • How are protests an example of people engaging in “peacework?”
    • What is the connection between craft practice and doing “peacework?”
    • What happens when protests turn violent?
    • How can handwork be used to amplify Black voices in the struggle for racial justice?
    • What purpose does craft activism serve as a response, or as a call to action, when bodily
    harm is enacted against Black bodies and personhood by tax-funded police agencies and
    officers?
    • What role do white crafters play as allies in the struggle for Black equity, equality and
    racial justice?
    • How do well-intentioned white crafters get in the way of racial progress or efforts at
    solidarity?

    Peacework 2020 is scheduled for October 9, 2021 – January 2, 2022, and will be curated by a jurying committee, including Guest Curator Hinda Mandell, Fuller Craft’s Artistic Director and Chief Curator Beth McLaughlin, fiber artist and educator Karen Hampton, and mathematician and quilter Chawne Kimber.

    Submission Requirements:

    Group and individual submissions are welcome, as are contributions from nonprofits, political organizations, religious institutions, crafting circles, community groups, and youth centers. Individual artists and groups may submit up to three works for consideration.

    Submission Format Requirements:

    • Image files: jpeg or tiff, 300 dpi minimum (one per work, details as necessary)
    • Image list: artist name, title of work, year of creation, media, dimensions, weight,
    installation requirements, with name, contact details on the top of the page
    • Maker’s statement about the submitted works (no more than 200 words) with name and
    contact details on the top of the page
    • Maker’s bio (no more than 200 words) with name, contact details on the top of the page
    Art requirements:
    • All submitted works must use textiles either exclusively or have a strong textile component, drawing upon the “social fabric” as a metaphor reflecting the way people weave themselves into their communities and political systems through their beliefs.
    • Work must be no larger than 60” high x 60” wide x 18” deep.
    • All works must come ready to hang and/or prepped for display, e.g. include a hanging
    sleeve, “D-rings,” or other hanging mechanism.
    • Due to the contemporary nature of this exhibit, only work created from spring 2020 (following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter marches) to the present day will be considered.
    • All works must fall under the Peacework 2020 theme.
    • Costs associated with delivery and return of artwork to be paid by artists.
    Please email all submission materials, as listed above, to Charlie Pratt, Curatorial Associate at Fuller Craft Museum (cpratt@fullercraft.org), and Guest Curator Hinda Mandell (hbmgpt@rit.edu) by March 1, 2021. Questions regarding the exhibition can be directed to Guest Curator Hinda Mandell. Questions about Fuller Craft Museum can be directed to Exhibition Manager Charlie Pratt 


  • 01/13/2021 5:06 AM | Megan Avery (Administrator)

    According to Etsy, 2021 will be about creating connections to each other, to ourselves, to nature. To read their full prediction, head over here.

    They predict people will be embracing “friluftsliv”, the Norweigan concept of getting outdoors – think of it as the new hygge.

    They also predict that prioritizing connections to small businesses around the world will be in the forefront. They foresee shoppers putting their money where their hearts are.

    From our color of the year to new everyday trends, Etsy is confident that shoppers will be finding ways to create connections, big and small, more than ever this year.

    Color of the Year Etsy Prediction: Sky blue
    Home & Living Etsy Prediction: Reimagining spaces
    Weddings Etsy Prediction: Anniversary receptions
    Style Etsy Predictions: At-home wear 2.0
    Kids Etsy Prediction: Outer space 

  • 01/01/2021 5:03 PM | Megan Avery (Administrator)

    How did women achieve a bell-shaped silhouette in the mid-19th century? By wearing many, many layers of undergarments!

    This video program was recorded on December 16, 2020 and featured Illinois State Museum Curator of History Erika Holst discussing Victorian undergarments and the proper order in which they were worn.

    Watch the video presentation here.

  • 01/01/2021 4:01 PM | Megan Avery (Administrator)

    Find your next fabric supplier from hundreds of international manufacturers offering a wide range of product category spectrum, from Cotton to Yarns.  

    Texworld New York City (formerly known as Texworld USA) is an international business platform to source fabric and materials for fashion. The largest sourcing event on the East Coast hosts global suppliers, fabric buyers, designers, and fashion professionals for 3 days of sourcing, learning and networking. 

    Winter 2021 Edition – now all digital!


  • 12/09/2020 8:45 AM | Megan Avery (Administrator)

    Jody Bailey Kinard Tree skirt 

    Jody Kinard, of JK Creations, in Loma Linda California: This was a pair of pants that belonged to my client's grandpa. They now have a new life as a Christmas tree skirt. Visit Jody online at www.jkcreations.com

    Bonny Carmincino, XOX (Scarf 42)

    Bonny Carmincino, founder of Way of the Thread, and  ASDP President:  Here is one of my knitting patterns, XOX (Scarf 42), knit to a large scale.  It is incredibly cozy to snuggle in while reading a favorite book!  The pattern is available in my Ravelry shop. 


    Loesje Shema Stocking Advent Calendar

    Pat Billups Top Coat


    Tina Crockett Quilt


  • 12/03/2020 5:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Years ago I participated in a research opportunity with a group that was working on software to bridge the gap between 3D body scanning and custom digital patterns. I was intrigued with the idea so I volunteered to stand in my skivvies for about a minute while the hardware captured thousands of data points. When the project was shut down, I was able to talk with some of the developers about their thoughts. The failure of the project centered around the software not being able to account for “noise”. Errant or missing data points, and distortion around body areas that touch caused the pattern software to have significant deviations from sizing standards that had to be reconciled by an experienced pattern drafter. The time and technical knowledge needed couldn't be supported under their pricing model.

    Since the early 90’s retailers have hailed ‘Mass Customization’ as the next revolution in fashion. Levi’s, Lands’ End and Brooks Brothers were some of the early adopters in this type of technology-setting up 3D scanners in store and allowing customers to order made-to-measure versions of their current styles. While the high cost of adopting new tech and development hiccups were a factor; overcoming customer behavior patterns is the greatest hurdle. While widely adopted mass-customization has not been the radical disruption that was predicted, the fashion world is being transformed by advances in technology.

    3DLook is one of the companies providing a platform to collect body measurements. Far from the bulky 3D full body scanners, their software allows measurements to be quickly and easily captured using a camera phone. SAIA-Scanning AI for Apparel, uses customer inputs: gender, height, weight, and 2 photos. This complex technology combines computer vision and machine learning to analyze the 2D images, locate body landmarks, and generate highly accurate predictions of 3 dimensional information. One of the solutions that 3DLook offers is Mobile Tailor geared towards made-to-measure and custom-fit businesses.

    With safety concerns and the constantly changing business restrictions because of Covid, I was immediately intrigued with the possibilities presented by this new technology. I signed up for a trial to see how it worked. During the two week free trial, you are allowed 10 scans. While getting familiar with the online dashboard they allow you to practice and scan yourself without counting against the allotment. I found the platform easy to use: the interface allows you to send the measurement link to a customer through email or text, and the dashboard keeps track of the status of the measurement requests you have sent. During the trial you get the chance to check out the 3D avatar feature that is available in their higher level plans.

    To test using this tech I accepted a custom project for a birthday dress for the daughter of a current client. Liz would be celebrating her 13th birthday at home and wanted an outfit that was low key but special. Everything for this project was done without meeting with Liz in person. After discussing with Liz and her mom what they were envisioning, I sent them a sketch and a link from Mobile Tailor. Using her measurements, I drafted the dress from a basic sheath pattern and combined flat pattern work and draping for the bodice detail and peplum. I dropped off the completed dress with high hopes but also assured them I would guide them through marking any alterations that might be needed. 

    The outcome for this project was better than I hoped for, and my clients were thrilled to have a custom fit garment in the middle of a statewide lockdown. There were several factors that contributed to the success; the design was a fairly classic silhouette and we chose a ponte knit fabric that lent an additional amount of flexibility in the fit.

    This technology is not likely to completely remove the manual measurements and fittings from my design process; interactions between body shapes, pattern shapes, and fabric properties will cause fitting issues that will need to be addressed. But I love that I have access to it when needed.

    I invite ASDP members to read more about Mobile Tailor and sign up for a trial to see the technology at work. At the scale that many sewing professionals operate, even the Starter Plan-$99/month for up to 50 scans is likely not a reasonable expense. But 3DLook does want to extend the technology to small businesses with an option that isn’t listed on the website. After going through the trial, ASDP members can email to request pay-per-scan billing and pay a flat rate of $5 per scan. Opting into the per scan pricing doesn’t give you access to the 3D avatar nor are you able to embed the software as a widget within your website.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts about this interesting advance in technology or about your experience with a Mobile Tailor trial! Share your comments below or reach out to me in the Discuss List(ASDP members only),  ASDP Facebook group or through email.

    Jennifer Phillips is a designer in Portland, OR who specializes in custom bridal, special event and performance wear. Jennifer is currently serving as the VP of Membership in ASDP. Follow on Instagram @nicolebridalpdx 


  • 12/02/2020 9:10 AM | Megan Avery (Administrator)


    Notes from Mechiel about this project:

    This is the first year I have done a peanut festival princess so I'm not very informed about their tradition. A dominant crop in Floresville, TX is peanuts, hence the harvest time festival.

    High school girls and boys apply through a committee to be royalty in the festival. I have been working with other festivals/coronations in my area for well over 20 yrs. The Order of the Alamo Coronation of the Queen of Fiesta is the main one I work with as well as the Lutheran Coronation and the Waco, TX Cotton Palace festival.

    I made 3 duchesses this year but the event was postponed until next year so I cannot reveal photos of them until April next year.                                                   

    The process starts with the artwork of the Robe, gown and train. I source fabric, jewels and beads to create the design. I have employees 3-5 that work alongside me to accomplish the task in the allotted time, 4-7 months. I usually require 3 fittings for the garment.


  • 11/05/2020 5:01 AM | Megan Avery (Administrator)

    New Virtual Dates Announced: Nov 16-20, 2020

    ATS proved in our first virtual edition nothing can stop us from moving forward and connecting the buyers and suppliers in the textile and apparel market. Over 2000 retailers, brands, manufacturers and professionals attended our last digital event in May. Due to the immense demand for ATS to produce more virtual shows we made a decision to significantly upgrade our virtual platform and announce two more virtual experiences for you this October and November.

    Register Here

    Features include more enhanced live matchmaking, a real virtual booth experience, interactive live text, video and voice chat, a live product demo hall, countless expert-led panels and sessions, downloadable product catalogs and direct links. We understand how much the industry relies on us to bring the globe together, which is why we decided to launch two more editions.

    The ATS November 16-20 event will feature panels and sessions focused on the global supplier and the USA buyer:

    • The USA Presidential election result / potential ripple effects
    • Analysts, economists, influencers and experts will recap 2020 and provide advantages to seek out in 2021
    • China - USA Trade
    • COVID-19

    Both ATS virtual events both will attract attendees and suppliers from all over the world who want to connect with over 200 world class suppliers at each edition. Seminar tracts will be focused on Sourcing, Design and Sustainability with an emphasis on marketing, logistics, fashion, design and trade.

    • Near-sourcing in the western hemisphere & continued sourcing in the far east
    • Benefits of Automation & the affects of COVID-19 on factories
    • Sustainable products & a sustainable workforce
    • Canadian, American, & World perspectives
    Register Here

    Speakers will be industry leaders including:

    • Bob Kirke: Executive Director, Canadian Apparel Federation
    • Julia K. Hughes: President, USFIA
    • Avedis Seferian: CEO, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production
    • Wilson Zhu: COO, Li & Fung
    • Jeff Streader: CEO, ModCloth

    All ATS international sourcing events provide FREE ACCESS for attendees to meet the top manufacturers of apparel, fabric, home textiles, ready-made garments, accessories and Personal Protective Equipment. PPE is the fastest growing category in the textile & apparel industry and at ATS.


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